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Ongoing projects

  • Central Highlands Meat Processing Plant

    The establishment of a meat processing facility near Emerald will enable processing of high quality beef products to supply well-established markets in Australia and overseas.

    Central Highlands Meat Processing Plant Feasibility Study

    Central Highlands Meat Processing Plant Fact Sheet

    Central Highlands Development Corporation is coordinating this project on behalf of council. Visit the project page for updates.

  • Corporate Plan 2017-2022

    A good plan is key to success and we’re developing a great Corporate Plan to guide Central Highlands Regional Council for the next five years.

    The Plan is our commitment to deliver a number of actions and strategies to ensure the region is socially, economically and environmentally sustainable. It will assist us to maintain focus as we prioritise identified projects and balance their delivery with available resources and other variables in annual Operational Plans.

    In March we offered a draft version for community feedback and we are now in the process of evaluating that feedback.

  • Emerald Airport Runway Enrichment Project

    Stage one of this project began on 18 March 2017 and was estimated to last three weeks but will now take longer due to recent weather events.

    It  involves removal of the surface and application of a new surface layer on the main runway ‘Taxiway Bravo’ and aircraft parking bays one and two.  This work will extend the life of the current main runway, improve safety, quality and compliance and ensure that Emerald airport remains a viable and reliable community asset. The financial outlay for stage one  of the project is approximately $300,000.

    Stage two of the project is planned to commence at the end of 2017. This will see both ends of the runway fully reconstructed at a cost of approximately $4.95M. We have been successful in gaining Queensland Government funding to the value of $2.2M for this project under Building Better Regions Fund.

    The overall project will extend the life of the airport infrastructure, improve quality and safety and confirms council’s ongoing commitment to maintain and grow our vibrant region.

  • Sapphire Gemfields Interpretive Trail

    In 2016 funding was  secured for a major tourism project designed to enhance the visitor experience in the Central Highlands.

    The $526 000 Sapphire Gemfields Interpretive Trail project will be jointly funded by Central Highlands Regional Council and the Australian Government, and supported by the Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) and the local community, particularly the Sapphire Gemfields Interpretive Trail Steering Committee.

    The trail will include an eye-catching art feature, a series of five large interpretive nodes in each of the Sapphire Gemfields’ townships and 30 smaller interpretive place makers at points of interest throughout the area.

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  • Works for Queensland program

    More than $2.6 million will help kick off 27 infrastructure projects in the Central Highlands, as part of the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland program.

    Upgrades to the Emerald Botanical Gardens, improved facilities at Capella’s Bridgeman Park and new playground equipment for Rubyvale are just some of the local projects approved today under the funding.

    Mayor Cr Kerry Hayes said the announcement would fast-track these important projects, but also create a big boost for jobs across the region.

Completed projects

  • Emerald Airport / Gregory Highway intersection - Opened 9 Mar 2017

    These works are now complete and provide better road safety for motorists using the Gregory Highway and the Airport Road. The completed works included widening of the highway at the entrance to Emerald Airport, the addition of turning lanes, additional street lighting and improved road markings.

    The project completes another phase of council’s commitment to improving and upgrading infrastructure throughout the region.

  • Blackwater Aquatic Centre - Opened 4 Mar 2017

    The Blackwater Aquatic Centre is part of the Hunter Street Sports Precinct and was jointly funded by Central Highlands Regional Council, the Australian Government and BMA.

    The centre was officially opened on Saturday 4 March 2017. It features a 50 metre partially covered pool, a 25 metre covered and heated pool, a zero-depth splash pad for the little kids, a community meeting room, kiosk, amenities, a courtyard and covered dining areas.

  • Nogoa River excavation works - Completed 14 Mar 2017

    Approximately 310 000 cubic metres of soil was removed from the Nogoa River around Emerald as part of the river improvement strategy

    Emerald residents said they felt strongly about clearing out the river as a form of flood risk management during a series of public information sessions that the Central Highlands Regional Council hosted last year.

    According to modelling by engineering company KBR, localised flooding reductions of up to 30 centimetres in a flood the size of the 2010-11 event could be expected.

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  • New Street Evacuation Route - Opened 15 Dec 2016

    New Street in Emerald was raised to provide the highest and driest access point for vehicles and pedestrians from the area lying south of the railway line into the town centre.


  • Herbert Creek Bridge - Opened 23 Dec 2016

    The three-month project to replace the bridge over Herbert Creek on Boolburra Edungalba Road is now complete, with the road opening to motorists from Friday 23 December 2016.

    The $1.25 million project involved removal of the existing timber bridge and replacing with a concrete structure as well as the stabilisation and resurfacing of the approaches. The new bridge will provide improved flood access for motorists in the Boolburra and Edungalba communities, particularly ahead of the upcoming storm season.

    The project was jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments as part of the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements in association with Central Highlands Regional Council.

    Watch 3 months work condensed into 2 minutes in the timelapse video below.

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